"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Holy HDT's, Batman!

Hello, my name is Miranda, and I am an addict.

OK, I know I've got one or two readers who are new to the online tatting world, so if you don't know, HDT stands for hand-dyed thread. A few months ago, IsDihara asked people to show off their collections of HDT. I couldn't do it at the time since I didn't have a blog yet. Now that I've joined the 21st century, here we go. Here are all the HDT's that I own, that I'm aware of. Of course, it's entirely possible that I've missed a few, or that some of them have been breeding secretly.

You'll notice that I like to buy the same color in multiple sizes, and also that I like blues and purples a lot. Now I'll show them separated by dyer. First up is Tatskool:

And now for Yarnplayer:

Last but certainly not least, LadyShuttleMaker:

Taking these photos has been good for me. It forced me to get my HDT's organized, or at least all in one place. And just to prove that I do use them, here are some samples:

A couple of motifs from the Design-Tat class.
On the left, Marie's motif in Tatskool's Coral Reef; on the right, IsDihara's motif in Yarnplayer's Vibrato.

Hummingbird earrings designed by Heather Johnston, from her book Tatted Earrings and Things, in LadyShuttleMaker's Rainforest. Treble clef earrings by LadyShuttleMaker in her Wildflowers thread.

Fleur-de-Lis Edging by Mark Myers, aka Tatman, and Butterfly by Jane Eborall, in Tatskool's Vanilla Sky.

Oh, and the tree in my banner is done in Treebeard and Icicle, both by LadyShuttleMaker. It's inspired by the book Tatting Collage by Lindsay Rogers.

I wanted to show the completed Anniversary bookmark today, but I was tired last night and kept miscounting, so I decided to quit before I did any serious damage. Why am I not doing any of these bookmarks in  HDT? Well, most bookmark patterns need size 20 thread to end up the right size. Believe it or not, I have no size 20 HDT's. Whenever I'm buying HDT, I ask myself, "Should I get a skein of size 20?" And I answer myself, "Don't be silly. I've got a whole box litarally overflowing with Lizbeth. Why on earth would I need any more size 20?" And now that I'm doing bookmarks, I wish I had some size 20 HDT.

I'll close with an Irish blessing for St. Pat's Day:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


  1. Your HDT collection is wonderful. I just love all that color!! I really like your little hummingbird earrings and treble clef earrings. Nice job.

  2. You have some gorgeous thread. Also great tatting.

  3. I love your HDT collection, and the edging is fabulous!

  4. What a treat! You have some nice thread there, M!

    Love that Irish poem. It hangs on a wall in my apartment!
    Fox : )

  5. Love your collection of HDT!!!! And the earings and the edging!!!!!!!

  6. From one addict to another....gorgeous collection. I love seeing what you make, so glad you started the blog.